Sunday, February 10, 2008

Otello at The Met

My husband and I enjoy opera, and have been season subscribers to the New York Metropolitan opera at Lincoln Center for many years. Tomorrow, February 11, 2008, we will be seeing Guiseppe Verdi's Otello.(click on the link to read the Met's synopsis of the four act opera)

Information about the performance we will be seeing from the the Met's web site:

"Otello is often considered Verdi’s towering achievement. The composer’s profound musical insights into Shakespeare’s tragedy illuminate the hero’s tragic journey to self-destruction.
Johan Botha brings his clarion tenor to the title role, and the extraordinary Renée Fleming returns to one of her most celebrated parts, the doomed Desdemona. Semyon Bychkov conducts"

A picture of the Metropolitan Opera lobby taken inside from the balcony tier level.

You can join us by clicking on the "Listen Live" connection that will connect you to a real player pop up that will stream the opera live form the Met from 8pm EST, or you listen live on Sirius Radio channel 85 if you subscribe.

I am especially looking forward to hearing Renee Fleming sing the role of Desdemona. I've seen her in another Verdi opera, La Traviata, and her portrayal of the very demanding soprano role of Violetta was sublime.

Here is a picture I took of the last opera we saw in December; Sergei Prokofiev's "War and Peace". I think it had the most performers on stage of any opera we've ever seen. I had to sneak the camera out of my bag to take the picture ......shhhhh.......because the Met does not allow photography during a performance. I did wait until the last few seconds of the ending aria to take it.

There is such beauty and emotion in every opera, and the music and pagentry of the productions at the Met are among the best in the world. If you visit NYC during opera season I hope you will consider a visit to Lincoln Center and enjoy one! You will truly be seeing a masterpiece.


Junie Moon said...

What a wonderful evening. We both had amazing weekend--you at the opera and we went to the ballet.

lisa said...

i love the shot from the inside of the bag!